Friday, September 6, 2013

Your Perfect Day

There’s been talk about morning routines and I can’t help but feel a little jealous… Who has time for a cozy cup of tea, stretching your body, meditating and journaling every morning?  I have to be at work at 7:30 a.m.  I’m one of those that can stay in bed until the last minute and have a power shower and out the door in 30 minutes.  Sometimes it takes longer to feed the dogs and the bird than it takes me to get dressed!

Many “experts” suggest you imagine what your perfect day would be like, and then make it your intention to direct your life daily toward that perfect day.  This definitely sounds like I should try it.  Oh, but that means getting up a bit earlier (could I write down my perfect day using lipstick on the mirror as I’m brushing my teeth?).

Having a routine – some peaceful quiet time - seems like such a reasonable thing to do.  Not to mention the health benefits.  Now THAT’S what I really need.  

That’s when it hit me.  I was sitting on my glider in my little backyard, listening to the birds sing and the hummingbirds flying by.  This, right now, this moment, I am truly happy.  It’s not quite a routine and not something I can do in the morning.  Really, I can’t fit anything in my morning time.  But when I get home – now that’s another story.  

I had found the answer to envisioning my “perfect day”… I didn’t have to strive for a certain lifestyle, or commit to do a certain activity every day.  When it comes right down to it, for me, it’s having time to reflect, dream, listen to nature and perhaps even create something.

Purposefully doing things throughout each day that reflects your values and makes your life richer… that's what it's all about.

What about you?  What would your perfect day be?



Brenda Brown said...

I totally resonate with your beginning if the day routine. That was me, up, shower and out, no room for anything else. Now it's up and craft lol. But I still love the evenings, I think I am more of a night bird now.
Enjoy your weekend.
hugs {brenda} x0x

scrappymo! said...

My perfect day starts around 10 pm...that when I head down to craft.
I am a night owl like Brenda...I can easily craft till 2 am...except when I have jet lag! lol

I like your take on it...perfect is what works for you!

Robin said...

I have to agree with your perfect day. For me, its too stressful to TRY to make it a perfect day. When I get lost in my music and making a mess with paint and the worries leave my mind for a little while, that's perfect for me! Hugs, Robin

Lunch Lady Jan said...

The problem is that these days we read so many articles on what we should do/eat/look like etc etc that its easy to get railroaded and not actually stop and think what it is that we ourselves enjoy. Sounds like you've put yourself first, which as women we are really bad at doing! How often do I really make time for myself? Hardly ever. And do I get a gold medal for being a Martyr? Nope. So, I know what's wrong, how to fix it, now all I need to do is JUST DO IT!!!
Sending big hugs,
LLJ xxxxx

Glenda said...

When I was a working woman I had to be on the job at 7:30 also so I know exactly how you feel. I had a little dog that thought if I slept until 4 AM I had overslept and she would wake me with this shrill excited bark each and every morning! Thus I had time to enjoy a cup of coffee and cruise some blogs or make a card before time to get ready for work. Now I'm retired and don't know how in the world I did it all those years! Good luck to you my dear!

Connie said...

HI Kay, I remember back when I was still working, at least 3 evenings a week (in warm weather) I would go directly to the backyard after work. I would pickup the water-hose and spend a good 20 to 30 minutes just walking around the backyard and watering the plants. It was my quiet time. I think that it is more important when you are a working woman that you have a time after work rather than in the morning. I time to breathe a little slower and wash away all the corporate stuff (for lack of a better word) and start your evening off as your own. Having time to yourself with no interruptions, even if it is only 20 or 30 minutes to do whatever brings you joy.
Another thing that is good is having a good CD in your car for the trip to work. I am inspired my Joyce Meyers, she has a way of lifting my spirits and letting me know that I can choose to have a joy-filled day, even at work, also a great music CD that you can not listen to without singing along. It's a great way to start your day.
Here's to relaxation and stress-less days :)
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Anne said...

Hello Kay. I used to have to be up early - shower,dress grab a drink and toast and off out!! Only ever enjoyed Friday evening as didn't have to get up next morning and could enjoy Friday evening with nothing to do. Sat was shopping, Sun housework etc and preparing for week. Then one Monday morning I fell apart. Once I'd recovered from a bit of a breakdown I rediscovered crafting. Still enjoying every minute of not having to rush out in a morning and in the main being able to do what I want when I want. Have a good week dear friend. Anne x

SandeeNC said...

I am not a morning person, not grumpy, just not full of energy so routines in the morning are like what you describe, get it done and get out on time. I think a routine for relaxing can be any time of the day, I don't let anyone dictate my happy place or happy time! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

MaryH said...

Kay I think you described a wonderfully restful evening. When I worked I was just as you described...a flurry to get out the door as I like to sleep until the last possible...and even after being retired, I _still_ like sleeping late. I think whatever works to calm one's center during a day, is the perfect it reading a book, listening to music, just having quiet time with a loved one. Hope things are going ok with your return to the work place. Thinking of you. Hugs

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I think post apocalyptic might be my perfect day, say after the flu has wiped out most of the human population (since I don't "do" flu), but with a survivor or two left I can exchange mail with. Okay, that might be a bit drastic now that I ponder it some more.

I like variety so my perfect day varies. Some days it would be busy at work, some days reading, some days crafting, etc. Mostly I'm pretty happy as is.

If I could change anything about myself it would be to become someone who didn't require 9 hours of sleep at night. That is so time consuming! I just can't function on less than that though.

scrapwordsmom said...

I was JUST thinking about you this morning, Kay!! Then I go look at my blog and see you had left me a message a few days ago!! How have you been?? I haven't been by here in awhile...:( I always love your projects. Must catch up!!!!

And will do on the retreat...I will let you know:)